DRC is a liberator. He is a liberator of insane thoughts.
DRC, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for those who have conveniently forgotten, spoke to his hometown newspaper recently. He shared some good insights. Okay, maybe good is a poor choice of words. What would you call this comment about why he decided to go to Denver?
“They told me about my flaws. Nobody had done that, and it impressed me,” Rodgers-Cromartie said Friday, wrapping up his three-day basketball camp at the Palmetto Boys and Girls Club. “They told me what I needed to work and how they would get me better instead of telling me about what I could do.”
Nobody had done that?
Are you shitting me? I’m sorry for the language, but that is the only phrase that fits such a preposterous lie.
Since entering the NFL in 2008, DRC has been supervised by the following people:
ARZ head coach Ken Whisenhunt
ARZ Def Co. Clancy Pendergrast
ARZ Def Co. Bill Davis
ARZ DBs coach Teryl Austin
ARZ DBs coach Donnie Henderson
PHI head coach Andy Reid
PHI Def Co. Juan Castillo
PHI Def Co. Todd Bowles (also 2012 DBs coach)
PHI DBs coach Johnnie Lynn
DRC would have us believe that none of these men in 5 years pointed out his flaws. Okay. And I”m going to cure cancer by sniffing Megan Fox’s hair while we chug PBRs and watch Lone Wolf McQuade together.
(greatest movie scene ever?)
My point here isn’t to defend the Eagles coaches as doing some great job. Clearly they didn’t. Pointing out the flaws is the easy part. Fixing them is the real trick. DRC said this is the first time his flaws have even been pointed out. Bullshit.
What bugs me is the way some in the national media jumped on this story, eager to believe that a player who has immense talent is finally getting it together because he’s having his flaws pointed out to him for the first time. How can smart people believe DRC’s bullshit? And that’s exactly what it is.
Don’t believe me? Listen to…DRC…from last summer. Here are his comments on Castillo working with him.
“No question. He changed my game. He turned me into a press corner,” said Rodgers-Cromartie. “He’s one of the guys that took the time with you, to make you understand the weakness in your game and keep you after practice and make you work on it. This is the NFL, you’re accountable for yourself. Not too many people are going to say, ‘Hey, you need to do this and make sure you do it.’ They tend to let you do it on your own.”
So Castillo pointed out weaknesses in DRC’s game…but he never covered any flaws? Castillo must be one amazing wordsmith. Those sure sound like the same things to a moron like me. (special h/t to Alaskan Eagles for pointing out that comment to me)
Some pointed out that maybe DRC was making the flaws comment in regard to other free agent suitors. That is possible, but unlikely. I did a search today and could only find him visiting Denver. DRC signed with them only a couple of days into FA. Other teams could have talked to him or his agent over the phone, but it seems unlikely that those discussions would go into flaws. They would be more about money.
I don’t think DRC is a bad man. I’ve never heard anyone be critical of him in terms of being a jerk. He’s not a criminal or anything close to that. He has always been a bit of a class clown. That goes back to his high school days. There is nothing wrong with that. I was a class clown type.
But there is an issue when you underachieve like DRC has. Now the playful side of his personality makes you question how serious he is about living up to his potential. DRC is as gifted as any CB in the NFL. If he had the focus, intensity and toughness of Sheldon Brown, DRC would be the best or second best CB in the league. Unfortunately, DRC is more like Charlie Brown than Sheldon.
I think previous coaches tried fixing DRC’s issues, but they failed to either get through to him or to stay connected with him. He has had some great moments. He’s just maddeningly inconsistent. The coaches definitely share some blame. And many have paid with their jobs.
DRC also must do his part. If things are to truly be different now, he must listen to what he’s being told and truly embrace it. The Denver staff has done a good job with their defense for the past 2 years. Maybe they have the right coaches and will be able to reach him.
I think money is also an issue. DRC just hit free agency and got a one-year, $5M deal. He expected to be making closer to double that and to have a major signing bonus in his bank already. I have to believe that not getting the expected money served as a big wake-up call to DRC. When just one team shows serious interest and the other 31 say “no thanks”, that can get your attention.
I’d love to tell you that I hope he does play well for Denver and turns his career around, but that would be a lie. DRC was painful to watch for 2 years. Now he’s shooting off his mouth and making former teams look bad. I don’t hate the guy and I’ll never cheer for an injury, but I will enjoy watching him miss tackles and make bonehead mistakes.
If the Denver coaches somehow did really connect with him and things are truly going to be different, kudos to those men for accomplishing something so many others have failed at. As Les Bowen put it on Twitter:
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) July 1, 2013
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Doug Farrar is a good NFL writer and smart guy. He is one of the people who bought right into the comment. It bugs me because I respect him so much. How did this not set off his BS meter?
Here is Doug’s take, which is just a bit different than mine.
He does say “if it’s true”, but barely covers that angle and is much more eager to embrace the comment as true. That angle certainly does make for a more compelling story. It just seems so shockingly unlikely that I don’t know how you buy it. Football coaches live to point out flaws. How on earth could no one in 5 years point out DRC’s myriad flaws?
Simple. They did.
He just wasn’t listening.